Friday, April 27, 2012
It won't be long now!
Finally, before I leave you nine of my loyal readers for the weekend, I would like to call attention to what will be my final comment in the great "is it appropriate for me to change my own tires" debate (scroll down to the comments).
I think that when something needs to be done, if your immediate first thought is, "Okay, let's do this!" you're positioned to do better in life than if your immediate first thought is, "Okay, whom do I call to do this for me?" Sure, I don't have to change my own tires, but it's part of a general life philosophy and habit that I believe has served me well.
Car issues are but one example of many, but car issues provide a particularly good example because the benefits of knowing how to take care of your own minor car issues are immediate and obvious. If I were to have a flat tire on the highway, being practiced in changing my own tire will save me valuable time, each minute of which places my life in immediate danger due to dangerous weather, potentially predatory humans, and careless drivers who might not see me on the side of the road.
But honestly, justification of why I needed to swap my own tires did not even enter my mind. Not for one red second. I didn't sit and think, "Well, it takes me fifteen minutes to drive to the tire shop, then an hour of waiting, and then... versus putting on dirty pants and then jacking up the car and then..." I didn't think about it at all. I just said, "Time to change the tires," and that was that. And that is how I live my life. To be frank, I don't think I'm capable of changing into the "helpless woman" model now. I am not accustomed to it. It would take me tremendous mental effort to stop at every step of my day to think, "Is it proper for me to do this? Can I get someone else to do this for me?" And I don't feel any particular motivation to make such an effort, because being self-sufficient whenever possible, and cultivating friendships for when not, is a model that has served me very well. And yes, I'm damned proud of that.
This, also me: